ADAPTERS and CONVERTERS


#1

Hello!
Silly question but an essential one! I am a newbie to Europe so I am a bit ignorant! :-[

We are doing Europe for 5 weeks on a TopDeck tour.
I have a mini hairdryer and hair straigtener as well as our, camera battery charger, phone/ipad chargers.

People have mentioned things about appliance ADAPTERS and CONVERTERS and I’m confused! Are these things the same thing or different items altogether! I don’t want to blow the place up! }:slight_smile:

Can someone please tell me exactly (in simple terms!) what I need to use my electrical things while in Europe. And what VOLTAGES do MY Australian appliances need to work safely ???

THANKS!
Emma


#2

Being from Australia, all you need is an adaptor… You need a Europe style, and if your starting in London you will need a UK one as well… You don’t need a converter…


#3

Thanks heaps Trent! Now I feel better! YAY!! B-)


#4

Adaptor just allows your power plug prongs to fit in the European ones. Doesn’t change the voltage. The converter will change voltage.

Australia (220 -240 V) has the same voltage settings as Europe(220 -240V) so you should be fine with an adaptor as Trent said.

If you have a straightener that’s not universal and runs on anything below 220V it’s a bit hard to make it work even with a converter. I live in Canada and I brought my straightener that uses 110V, with the converter everything else worked, but the straightener shorted out very quickly (even with a converter it had too much juice for the straightener to handle). Now I bought a universal one. Will find out in 2 weeks if that works. :S


#5

With so many appliances, take an adapter and a aussie power board for 4 plugs. that way you dont need to buy 4 adapters, and you WILL need to charge more then one thing at a time, a major issue I had with camera, phone and laptop.


#6

That’s a great tip - I did that last time I traveled, there always seems to be a lack of power points in hostels/cabins… especially if there’s a couple more people sharing with you that want to charge devices also…